The purpose of this course is to consider language, literacy, and discourse in relation to education, society, and culture. More specifically, we will discuss how literacy as the mastery of the language of secondary discourses informs understandings of the ways in which the world is read in particular times, places, and circumstances. We will begin with the assumption that language functions to scaffold both action and human affiliation in cultures, social groups, and institutions. As such, experiences and perspectives area created and assumed in the process of becoming literate. Towards this end, we will consider postmodern and critical theories of discourse and ideology to better understand such notions of multiple and situated literacies as social practices positioned in relation to the social institutions and power relations which sustain them. We will use Critical discourse analysis as a tool for exploring questions about the relationship between language, society, politics and ideology and as a resource for a social analysis of education. Discourses will be viewed as historical, doing ideological work but also as forms of social action.
Monday, July 22, 2019 to Monday, September 23, 2019